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There are benefits to organic food that the recent Food Standards Agency report missed. Plus, rediscovering the humble apple

By Alex Renton   September 2009

THE REAL BENEFITS OF ORGANIC FOOD

At the end of July the government’s Food Standards Agency announced that there were no “important” nutritional differences between organic and conventionally produced food. The organic industry, now worth over £2.1bn a year in sales, was furious. The newspapers, which love the popping of a middle-class faith-bubble, smirked over the exposure of the “fraud of organic.” They had, of course, played a major role in setting up the scam, if scam it was. But there was nothing unusual there, or in the fact that the supermarkets, who profited greatly out of the organic boom,…

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